Politics of Thursday, 31 May 2012
Thirty-eight per cent of Ghanaian voters say job creation should be the priority of the next Government, with 20 per cent prioritising education while 14 per cent chose healthcare as their top area of concern, a survey has revealed.
Other possible priorities of Ghanaian voters were fighting corruption, 11 per cent, food and fuel prices 10 per cent and roads seven per cent, in a release issued and copied to the Ghana News Agency in Accra on Tuesday by VOTO, a non-profit polling service with offices in Accra and Tamale.
The survey was administered over SMS with 314 respondents older than 18 years, from May 22-24 and the margin of error is 5.5 per cent and 19 times out of 20.
Mr. Nicholas Fleming, Programmes Manager of VOTO, said “Voto is committed to helping stimulate a dialogue between Ghanaians and their government through regular surveys of voter opinion. This survey is a pilot, and there would be more carried out over the course of Election 2012,"
He said the national poll was characterised at a critical time, with main political parties preparing their manifestoes for election.
“The message is clear, the main priority for most Ghanaians is economic growth and job creation. One might have expected that with the Ghanaian Cedi down 21 per cent in the past year, the pain of rising fuel and food prices would have swayed the population, but data reveal that more than anything, voters want a way to get more money in their pockets."**